Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Music

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in music. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all music courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements  Credits 
 Music 28
      7 credits from these 1-credit selections (which may be repeated):*
           MU 101. Concert BandMU 102. Concert ChoirMU 103. Jazz Band
           MU 104. Small EnsembleMU 105. Applied Music
      MU 121. Music Theory I
      MU 122. Music Theory II
      MU 211. Music History I: Musical Beginnings
      MU 212. Music History II: From Classical to Contemporary
      MU 221. Composition
      MU 233. Elementary Conducting
      MU 499. Senior Music Project
      Music electives**
7


3
3
3
3
3
3
3
9
 Foreign Language 3
      One course at the 202 level or above*** 3
 General Education Requirements 37
 General Electives 43
   
 Total 120

* No more than 12 credits of ensembles may be counted toward degree requirements.

** MU 111. Understanding Music does not qualify as a music elective.

*** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.



Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Music

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study listed below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
MU 121 3 MU 122  3
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement 3
FS/THEO 101 3 Foreign Language* 3
SBU 101 2 SBU 102 1
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1 General Elective 3


MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1
Total  15 Total  17
 
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
MU 211  3 MU 212  3
General Education Requirement 3 MU 233  3
Gen. Ed. Literacy Distribution 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Electives 6 General Electives 6
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1 MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1
Total 16 Total 16
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester    Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
MU 221  3 Music Elective** 3
Music Elective** 3 General Education Requirement 4
General Elective 3 General Electives 6
General Education Requirement 3 MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1
MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1    
Total 13 Total 14
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
Music Elective** 3 MU 499  3
General Electives 8 General Electives 11
General Education Requirement 3

MU 101 / 102 / 103 / 104 / 105  1    
Total  15 Total  14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

** MU 111. Understanding Music does not qualify as a music elective.

Requirements for a Minor in Music

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in music. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all music courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.